CPL 150 Anniversary

Since first opening our doors in 1873, we've served all Chicagoans with free and open places to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed. Join us in celebrating 150 years of serving our communities.

Thank you!

Thank you for celebrating our 150th anniversary with us in 2023. We look forward to another 150 years of serving Chicago communities.

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CPL 150 Events

Faces of CPL

See the faces of Chicago Public Library who helped to shape our story and live our mission.

News at CPL

New at CPL

Library for the People Podcast

Join our podcast series as we meet different library people and delve into what makes CPL a city treasure and a leader in the space.

New at CPL

OBOC's 2023 Selection: There There by Tommy Orange

Join One Book, One Chicago in 2023 as we celebrate There There by Tommy Orange.

New at CPL

Mental Health and Social Services Available at CPL Locations

Chicago Public Library offers mental health and social services at many locations. See resources available at locations across the city.

New at CPL

CPL Best of the Best Books 2023

View our annual recommendations for book lovers in Chicago and beyond. Happy reading!

CPL Through the Years

150 Books We Love

Chinatown Branch: This branch is one of the first CPL modern branches, encapsulating the spirit of the community. It shows how every branch is an integral part of the Chicago communities.

CTA map with library location pins: This is inspired by the tagline, "In Every Neighborhood. For Every Chicagoan." The goal is to showcase the breadth of CPL branches, being in 81 locations across 77 community areas.

Open book: At the heart of the library is a book.

CPL 150 Store

Shop the CPL 150 Store, with a portion of every sale going to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Thanks to the following organizations for supporting CPL 150:

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